The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine intends to check the payment of taxes by the people’s deputies of the Verkhovna Rada that declared over $100 thousand in cash. Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko announced this during the briefing concerning e-declarations while on air with 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“We are going to analyze declarations of more than a half of the deputies that declared cash for more than $100 thousand. The analysis will be conducted this way: we will refer to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine with a demand to provide information about taxes paid or unpaid. That’s why deputies can come under article on Tax evasion of Criminal Code of Ukraine”, Lutsenko said.
“If it is about tax evasion in significant amount from $26 thousand than it’s a minor crime with 2 years of limitation period. And it’s more than $78 thousand than it’s a crime of medium gravity with 2 years of limitation. If the sum exceeds $129 000, then it’s evasion of taxes in an especially large amount it is considered a grave offence with the limitation period of 10 years. Depending on that the person evading taxes may be imprisoned for 2 – 15 years,” he added.
The Prosecutor General also informed that their next step will be analyzing e-declarations with respect to potential money laundering and checking bank deposits of the declaratns.
“Further investigation of these potential cases may bring us to the Criminal Code articles about corrupt money laundering, which falls under the joint investigative jurisdiction of the Prosecutor General’s Office and National Anti-Corruption Bureau. We may create prosecuting groups or hand the cases over to NABU,” the Prosecutor General said.
Apart from that the Prosecutor General’s Office shall check the MPs foreign accounts and real estate assets.
"Many declarants indicated their foreign accounts. We will appeal to the State Fiscal Service to provide tax receipts. Regarding real estate property abroad – rarely, but sometimes it was indicated in the declaration. In this case it is the subject for National Agency for Preventing Corruption,” said Lutsenko.
As we reported, the first round of filing electronic declarations finished on October 30 at 24:00. Previously, the National Agency for Preventing Corruption (NAPC) reported a hacker’s attack on their network equipment which led to failures in online-support of the state officials applying their e-declarations two days prior the declarations' applications due date.